San Diego Press Club awards La Jolla Light 18 kudos for journalism excellence


San Diego’s finest reporters, photographers, writers and artists were honored Oct. 28, 2014 with the region’s top awards in journalism at the San Diego Press Club’s 41st annual Excellence in Journalism Awards at the Jacobs Center.

The La Jolla Light staff and its contributors brought home 18 awards:

Pat Sherman took second place in news reporting for “Burns Drugs to close its doors after 62 years in La Jolla”; third place for “Historic home demolished? Questions arise about extent of changes to Cliff Robertson’s former La Jolla estate”; and second and third places for his investigative reporting on “SANDAG responds to 11th-hour trolley shift woes; e-mails show agency may have reached accord with Mormon Temple before hearing public input in La Jolla” and “Consignment Caveat: Tips to avoid misunderstandings, scams and property loss/ La Jolla Jeweler accused of multiple scams closes shop on Wall Street.”

Ashley Mackin won third place for her front-page photo “Thanks, Santa!”

Daniel K. Lew took first place for Feature Layout Design with “Hockey on Horseback: San Diego Polo Club”; third place for Front Page News Design; and a second place for the On the Menu design, “Rakiraki raises ramen rations to rate raves,” which he shared with food writer/photographer Kelley Carlson.

Lynne Friedman, science writer, took first place for her “Shark Summer” series; second place for “A Ray for Hope for Mantas”; and second place for her Research Report columns.

Zoe Kleinfeld took second place in environment writing for “Crustaceans get the spotlight at Birch Aquarium lecture.”

Lonnie Hewitt, won first place for entertainment reporting with “The Schick Machine: One Man, Two Sticks, Tons of Percussion.”

Inga won numerous awards in four categories for her columns: “The son also rises,” “There’s more cookin’ than the food,” “Bad Apple,” “When science is fiction,” “How an engineer makes cookies,” “Ruining the family recipes” and “Campaigning against robocalls.”

— These award-winning pieces can be viewed online at, searchable via the archives.